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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Life is full of choices, yet there seems to be one that will never let you down: choosing to be physically active. This decision will always be in your favor*.

*Safety Disclaimer: Increases in your physical activity may impact your health. If you have any concerns, please consult with your doctor before participating in these challenges and only engage in exercises that you can perform safely and comfortably.

This choice is the only one that can lower your risk for chronic diseases, while strengthening your muscles and bones and even improving your mood.

For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Getting 150 minutes of exercise a week might seem like a lot, but breaking it down into smaller intervals can help make it feel more manageable.

Read on to learn about all the benefits of being active, how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life, and how participating in sports can help you reach the recommended levels of daily physical activity.

Benefits of physical activity

Fitting physical activity into your daily schedule can make a significant difference in:

  • Reducing your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers
  • Managing your weight and preventing obesity
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Strengthening your muscles, bones, and joints
  • Helping you live longer

4 tips to get you moving

Make time for physical activity throughout your day. Consider taking:

  • The stairs instead of the elevator
  • A brisk walk at lunchtime
  • A hike instead of going to the movies
  • A yoga or boxing class at your local fitness center instead of playing video games or watching television

These small tips can make the choice of being physically fit easier and fun. Remember, small steps can make a big difference in your health. There is only one choice — physical fitness.

Keep it going

Click through the "10 Ideas to Stay Active" slideshow on this page for more ways to lead an active lifestyle. And, if your agency has an onsite clinic and/or fitness center, take advantage of those health and wellness services available to you.

Sports time

Playing sports like basketball, volleyball, and soccer are also great ways get in your 150 minutes of physical activity during the week. Invite your friends, join a team, or play with your family and find a sport you all can enjoy.

Check to see if your office has access to an onsite FOH wellness fitness center or park and corral your coworkers to join you for a quick pick-up game as you create and develop better social and personal relationships with them.

Adding playtime to your life and inviting your network of friends, family, and colleagues to join you can make you happier and healthier.

Track your progress

Setting small physical activity goals is a great way to keep you on track. There are numerous applications available online and via phone apps to help you keep track of your progress and stay motivated.

Also, remember to take your Wellness Profile to find out how you can improve your health and well-being—and what you can do to be the healthiest you can be moving forward.

10 Ideas to Stay Active

We know you're busy, but you can still fit activity into your life. Here are 10 great ways to get started.